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Poland and Bosnia-Herzegovina ramp up renewables

Eastern European countries are racing to build capacity to wean themselves off coal and hydropower respectively

The Polish wind market is flourishing as it seeks to reduce its dependence on coal, while Bosnia and Herzegovina is eyeing new solar capacities that could fix what many consider to be a misguided hydropower-heavy renewables policy. Most Eastern European countries are lagging considerably behind their Western European neighbours in the adoption of renewable energy, with a ubiquitous heavy dependence on hydrocarbons and often outdated regulatory frameworks, but the recent news is indicative of a larger trend in the region. “There is scope for attracting both local and European subsidies given the increased focus on promoting renewables and increasingly ambitious climate goals” Volo

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